Chinese attempts to silence MPs show sanctions must go further

Friday, 26 March 2021

Free Tibet, the London-based organisation which supports the Tibetan people’s struggle for freedom, expresses its support for the MPs sanctioned by the Chinese government today and calls for the UK government to expand its sanctions against Chinese officials to target those with real power. In particular, Chen Quanguo, Party Secretary of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and formerly the senior official in Tibet.

John Jones, Campaigns and Advocacy Manager at Free Tibet, said:

“Retaliatory sanctions against British MPs show that the Chinese government is stung by sanctions placed against their officials. Now, to truly bring the message home, governments must keep pushing and sanction those with real power.” 

“Many of those sanctioned today have called on the UK government to ‘Ban Chen’, the person ultimately responsible for the genocide of the Uyghur people and before that for creating a surveillance state in Tibet. If the government wants to stand with those sanctioned, stand up to Chinese Communist Party bullying and show it is serious about human rights, then the only course of action is for it to sanction Chen Quanguo. 

Since November 2020, Free Tibet has been leading the calls for the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office to use its powers to impose sanctions on Chen Quanguo(1), in collaboration with the Tibetan community in the UK and the World Uyghur Congress. 

On Wednesday, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), which includes several of those sanctioned, called for Chen Quanguo and Wu Yingjie, the Chinese Communist Party Secretary for the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region to the list of sanctions(2).


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About Free Tibet:

Free Tibet is a London-based organisation established to support the Tibetan people’s struggle for freedom. Our vision is a free Tibet in which Tibetans are able to determine their own future and the human rights of all are respected.